National Kidney Foundation

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The National Kidney Foundation, Inc. (NKF) is a major voluntary health organization in the United States, headquartered in New York City with over 30 local offices across the country. Its mission is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

The organization's activities focus on awareness, prevention and treatment. Initiatives include public and professional education, kidney health screenings, research, and patient services.

The National Kidney Foundation publishes a number of scientific journals including the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease and the Journal of Renal Nutrition. The NKF also publishes the Kidney Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative K/DOQI, a comprehensive set of clinical practice guidelines.

The NKF has been a vocal advocate for increasing all forms of kidney transplantation. However, it has published a position statement against allowing monetary compensation for kidney donations and its opponents have accused it of trying to stifle public discussion on this subject.[1]

The National Kidney Foundation annually hosts the Spring Clinical Meetings as its premier educational conference. It has over 20 years of experience providing continuing education to the kidney healthcare community. The Spring Clinical Meetings have educated over 55,000 professionals, delivered over 2,500 interactive sessions, and offered over 3,200 hours of continuing education credits.

On World Kidney Day, the foundation sponsors KEEP Healthy screenings around the United States.[2] NKF holds hundreds of kidney-health screenings throughout the year to identify individuals who are at risk for chronic kidney disease.[3]

To raise funds for its programs, the National Kidney Foundation organizes a national car-donation program called Kidney Cars, run via Harvard Palmer Jr.'s Vehicle Donation Processing Center, Kidney Walks in major US cities and the NKF Golf Classic which culminates in a tournament at Pebble Beach. Danny Mason, late golf coach at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and a transplant recipient, played in three tournaments.[4]

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  1. ^ Postrel, Virginia (June 2, 2006). "The National Kidney Foundation vs. Open Debate and Increasing Kidney Donations". Retrieved 2006-06-03. 
  2. ^ "Dear Abby". 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  3. ^ "KEEP Health Care". 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  4. ^ "The Vehicle Donation Processing Center Proudly Announces its 800,000th Car Donation". IAAI. Retrieved 4 November 2013.